Basements / Discussions

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...basements on your site and this answer confused me. I understood that isulating the basement (either with spray foam or EPS or XPS) acts as a moisture barrier, ...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...basements with spray foam is quite common, and in most cases works very well. A lot people like spray foam as an air barrier, a vapor barrier and for energy-eff...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate concrete walls with 2" of EPS, with 2x4 framing (fille...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 years old with a half below grade (fully cured!) concrete bas...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

I live in climate zone 5 in USA and plan to frame basement walls roughly 3” away from concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to ...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly New blowing agents ...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...basements properly is more expensive than the way most basements are built (ie: doomed to fail) so the problem off the bat is that most basement advocates are b...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...basements properly . Having a professional (an engineer or at least an experienced foundation contractor) inspect it first is a good idea to make sure you do ...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...basements are moldy - how to fix & prevent mold in homes We would love to help, and I think you could really stand for a second opinion before you move ahead,...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

Can tubing for a ground source heat pump be put under an iso-slab slab on grade foundation to extract winter heat We generally recommend people check with an e...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...basements walls cannot dry to the exterior, so more caution must be taken in designing and building walls below grade. Also, basements flood, that’s just a part...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...basements, as it is susceptible to moisture damage. EPS rigid foam boards or Rockwool would be a better alternative. Both are more suitable for potentially humi...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

How would a “passive” or airtight house fare in a flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you insulated a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...basements , including how to remove radon gas from well water , in case you dig a well in the future. Venting a crawlspace is not a great idea since it can be...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...basements and crawlspaces How to insulate a CMU cinder block foundation The best way to insulate a basement to avoid mold How to insulate an a...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses